I saw a star, shining in the night sky. And God spoke to the star saying “Be still and know that I am God. Rest in me and know that I am your Light.”
The star was not aware that it was shining, for it had not yet developed self awareness. Instead it dreamed a dream in which it wondered to itself, “Be still? Why should I limit myself when I could move about the universe in infinite ways? Surely it is better to move about and explore the wonders of God’s creation.”
So the star dreamed of moving through a world of time and space. It dreamed of space so that it would be able to move. And it created time such that it could recall where it had been and conceive where it might go. In its dream it wandered infinitely far from the place where God said it should remain.
Soon the star realized that no matter where it moved, it always experienced fear and lack. Every move created the same dark experience. “How can this be?”, the star wondered. “Surely it is because I have wandered away from the place God said I should be. I have violated God’s will to ‘be still’, and I have sinned against him.” The star’s dream became a nightmare in which it was “guilty” before God. And it created death in order to relieve its guilt.
God looked at the dreaming star, shining brightly and resting comfortably in the place where he had placed it. God could see into the star’s dream of guilt and knew it signaled the awakening of the star into self-awareness. For how could the star understand that its light would always shine in accordance with God’s will to “be still”, unless it dreamed it could find its own light by moving away. For God used the dream to create a star-son with self-awareness of its oneness with God’s will.
And with that the star awakened and understood its Self. Never had it moved, never had it done anything it believed itself to do. Instead it understood it had always rested comfortably, forever shining its light and creating the perfect reflection of its Creator.